Good Wineries near to LA
Looking for a good winery near LA for (first time) wine tasting (and if possible not too expensive)
If there is already a thread/topic, please point me to it...
P.S. ..maybe this is not technically the area for wine related question but I though it will be a good start :)
That should be enough to scare the OP out of wine tasting for quite some time. All one can say about San Antonio Winery, is that it is a winery. "Good" is a very big stretch. Even "mediocre" would be a stretch. (Although I did recently discover that they are making a not bad red wine vinegar.) The closest "good" wineries that I am aware of are in the neighborhood of Santa Barbara, and possibly some okay wineries in Temecula.
As others have posted, the closest wineries for good tasting are in the Santa Ynez valley. If you've never been up there, you should go--it's beautiful and they have some great wineries. Blackjack Ranch, Melville, Babcock, Alma Rosa are just a few that come to mind.
However, if that is too far, there are some wine stores that do wine tastings. I don't know where in L.A. you live, but there's a place in Northridge, for example, called Napa in the Valley that does tastings. I'm sure there are plenty of others in town.
Vinoteque recently opened in Culver City (in the location formerly occupied by Synergy Cafe) on Sepulveda just south of Braddock. We plan on trying them soon, and it seems that most folks who have chimed in seem to like it to love it. Also Bottle Rock, Vinum Populi, (both in DT Culver City) and Upstairs 2 (West LA) would be easy choices.
Okay, it's not like driving up to the Central Coast but just think of the extra four-plus hours you'll have and with gas at $4+ a gallon, you'll get at least four more glasses worth of time and wine to enjoy...
As others have noted, the closest "good" wineries to Los Angeles are in the Santa Ynez Valley, about 125 miles north of Los Angeles. The Santa Ynez Valley is where they filmed the movie "Sideways," and there are a ton of good wineries there. Check on the California board for more specific recommendations. Here's a recent thread on wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley:
If you want to stay closer to Los Angeles, there are a few wineries in the Cucamonga Valley, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, including Galleano Winery and J. Filippi. While they are not notable for their excellent wines, the tours are fun and impart a great sense of history:
If you do go out to the Cucamonga Valley, while there you should also do a tour of the Graber Olive House, a Southern California institution:
If what you want is to taste really good wines in/near Los Angeles, your best bet would be to go to one of many good wine shops in Los Angeles. Stores with good tasting programs include Silverlake Wine, The Wine House in West L.A. and Colorado Wine in Eagle Rock.
Colorado Wine Company
2114 W Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA